Keith Staff (left) and Rod Hatcher cook up a feast at the first Evans Head Men's Shed barbeque of the year. Photo Contributed
Keith Staff (left) and Rod Hatcher cook up a feast at the first Evans Head Men's Shed barbeque of the year. Photo Contributed Contributed

Men's Shed cooks up a fine feast

THE Evans Head Men's Shed kicked off 2012 with the first of its fortnightly barbecue gatherings on January 20.

The fortnightly gatherings demonstrate the benefits of being a Men's Shed member and provide an opportunity to socialise and get involved in different projects at the Shed, according to Shed coordinator Darryl Pobje.

"We are always looking for more people to join us out here, retired tradesmen and handymen," Mr Pobje said.

"Come along to a barbecue to see what it's all about. It's a great thing to be involved in."

The idea for the RSL sub-branch and community Men's Shed was first floated in 2006 and with the support of members was established in 2010.

Since then Mr Pobje said the shed had been a great success within the Evans Head community, with more and more visitors attending every year.

"We don't ask for membership fees. It is a free community resource which has been successful from the beginning," Mr Pobje said.

The shed's primary aim is to give the retired community in Evans Head something to do or work on while remaining social in the community.

It's not only those who work at the shed that benefit from the initiative, but then the handiwork is sold throu- ghout Evans Head.

"It has been great for everyone. The men get to keep their hands and minds active and we have sold a lot of the things we make to different groups in Evans Head," Mr Pobje said.

The shed has sold rocking horses and bookcases to the Evans Head preschool as well as chopping boards and coffee tables to private buyers.

The shed committee has recently bought new equipment and tools with two government grants and receives donations of timber.

The men's shed, located in the Evans Head industrial estate, is open five days a week from 9.30am.



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